Drivers who can’t read number plate from 20 metres risk losing licence immediately

Crackdown on drivers with poor eyesight is launched with motorists LOSING their licence if they fail to read a number plate from 20 metres

-Drivers with poor eyesight face being stripped of their licences

-Motorists stopped by officers will have to read a number plate from 20 metres

-The initiative involves the Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands forces

Drivers with poor eyesight face being stripped of their licences in a police crackdown this month.

Every motorist stopped by traffic officers from three constabularies will be told to read a number plate from 20 metres.

Anyone failing will have their licence revoked on the spot.

Opticians believe around a million drivers have eyesight that falls short of the required standard.

But the tests from the police crackdown should give a more accurate picture.

Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express.

Sergeant Rob Heard, representing the police forces taking part in the campaign, said: “Not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences.”

He warned that officers will be carrying out eyesight checks “at every opportunity”.

Officers can request an urgent revocation of a licence through the DVLA if they believe the safety of other road users will be put at risk if a driver remains on the road.

The power was introduced in 2013 under Cassie’s Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex.

It later emerged he had failed a police eyesight test days earlier, but a legal loophole meant he was allowed to continue driving.

Brake and Vision Express are calling for a recent eye test to be required when licences are renewed every 10 years.

Under current rules, the only mandatory examination of vision takes place during the practical test, when learners must read a number plate from 20 metres.

Once someone has obtained their licence, it is up to them to tell the DVLA if they have a problem with their eyesight.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “It is frankly madness that there is no mandatory requirement on drivers to have an eye test throughout the course of their driving life.

“Only by introducing rigorous and professional eye tests can we fully tackle the problem of unsafe drivers on our roads.”

Research by the Association of Optometrists published in November last year found that more than a third (35%) of optometrists saw patients in the previous month who continued to drive despite being told their vision was below the legal standard.

A 2012 study by insurance firm RSA estimated that poor vision caused 2,874 casualties in a year.

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